After the rabbi spoke, the seminarians of Redemptoris Mater sang “Shema Israel,” a song based on one of the most important [rabbinic] prayers [which in rabbinic Judaism denotes rejection of Christianity in general and the doctrines of the Trinity and Divinity of Christ in particular].
Rabbi David Rosen, International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee, addresses guests at the 3rd annual Redemptoris Mater Seminary Gala, held the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood June 24
NORWOOD — The work of bringing Catholics and Jews together remains incomplete but is progressing, according to Rabbi David Rosen, guest of honor at the Third Annual Gala Dinner supporting the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Boston on June 24.
Boston’s Redemptoris Mater Seminary was erected by Cardinal O’Malley is 2006. The vocations of the Redemptoris Mater arise from the Neocatechumenal Way …
Rabbi Rosen is the International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee and Director of its Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding. He is also the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland [and former leader of the Orthodox Judaic community of apartheid South Africa].
He is a past chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations and is also Honorary Advisor on Interfaith Relations to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He serves on its Commission for Interreligious Dialogue, and represents the Chief Rabbinate on the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land …
In November 2005 he was made a papal Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great for his contribution to promoting Catholic-Jewish reconciliation.
“In Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the synagogue in Rome, and in his visit to the Holy Land, in showing respect to Israel’s highest elected officials as well as its religious representatives, Benedict has in fact internalized the structure or the form of these events into the very body of the institution of the papacy itself, and therefore has in fact taken John Paul’s [Judeo-Catholic] initiative to another level,” Rabbi Rosen said. He also pointed to unique opportunities to forward Jewish-Catholic reconciliation in the historical and social context of the United States …
But he said the traditions must be continued for younger generations.
“It is here that the role of educational and formation structures is so important, and where the work of the movements — in particular the Neocatechumenal Way — has become so critical,” he said.
The rabbi stressed the importance of the work of the movements and people that embraced “Nostra Aetate” beyond the importance of the declaration itself.
“As one of the most powerful of these Catholic movements, especially in the Spanish-speaking world, but indeed across the globe, the profound commitment of the Neocatechumenal Way to ensuring that the pathway of ‘Nostra Aetate’ becomes the highway of the Church is of inestimable importance,” Rabbi Rosen said.
After the rabbi spoke, the seminarians of Redemptoris Mater sang “Shema Israel,” a song based on one of the most important [rabbinic] prayers [which in rabbinic Judaism denotes rejection of Christianity in general and the doctrines of the Trinity and Divinity of Christ in particular], to honor the speaker and the message [that being David Rosen’s stated mission to change what Christians believe about the Pharisees who Jesus Christ called called “hypocrites; like whited sepulchers filled with dead men’s bones and all uncleaness” whose doctrines we should beware of] …(Christopher S. Pineo, The Pilot, June 29, 2012)